Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song
Produced, directed, written, scored by, and starring Melvin Van Peebles, this landmark "blaxploitation" film was as controversial as it was popular for its then X-rated story of one African-American man's triumph over the Man. After beating a couple of white cops he witnessed brutalizing a local black revolutionary, sex show performer Sweetback (Van Peebles) has to go on the run. As he flees through decrepit South Central Los Angeles, Sweetback demonstrates his formidable potency through sex as well as violence, evading the police manhunt by any means necessary. As Sweetback runs off into the sunset, however, Van Peebles warns that the story, like the 1960s racial strife, isn't over.
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Cast & Crew
|Melvin Van Peebles||Sweetback|
|Rhetta Hughes||Old Girl Friend|
|Melvin Van Peebles||Director,Score Composer,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter|
|Clyde Houston||Asst. Director,Production Manager|
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If you're a right-winger, a racist or a Republican, forget this film. But if you want to see a metaphor of minority urban life from the 60's,you definitely should see this one. Finally, a black film made independently of the Hollywood shot-callers. Sweetback really 'gets back at the man'.
A movie independent of the influence of Hollywood. This movie does not have the hysterical negro, the wise cracking subordinant nor does it have the star paying homage to the intellect or expertise of some benevolent European. Truth is stranger than fiction and often the movies reflect some aspect of our reality. Hollywood refuses to portray African American males as autonomous and having the wherewithall to take it to the man. Because of this point this movie will never be dated. It reminds me that wee need not seek confirmation or approval when considering or deciding on a course of action aimed at protecting and preserving our dignity.